Atkinson Running Again For State School Chief

State schools Superintendent June Atkinson says she's running for another four years as chief administrator of North Carolina's public schools.

Atkinson announced Wednesday her decision to seek a third term as superintendent of public instruction. The decision comes as two fellow Democrats in the Legislature have talked about running. Atkinson said in an interview she doesn't know whether Reps. Tricia Cotham or Rick Glazier will run against her anyway in a primary.

Atkinson says the state's high school graduation rate has increased during her tenure. She says public schools are in a remodeling initiative of sorts and she doesn't want to leave in the middle.

Atkinson successfully sued in court in 2009 to prevent the State Board of Education from shifting her administrative powers to the board's chairman.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Teacher on Jan 19, 2012 at 04:25 PM
    You people have no idea what this woman has done for NC schools. You want a process that weeds out bad teachers? Well, she has established that very effectively. You want more training to create even better teachers? She is also doing that. And that's just to name two that I hear people like you gripe about ALL THE TIME. You want to blame everyone - politicians, teachers, state workers - anyone you can, except yourselves. It's a shame that just anyone can walk into a polling place and vote, even when they have no clue who or what they are voting for... or against.
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      by Are you on Jan 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM in reply to Teacher
      Atkinson, stop blogging about yourself. The phony name "Teacher" does not fool anyone!
  • by Bev Perdue JR on Jan 18, 2012 at 01:17 PM
    She is one of Bev best friends! Voter her out!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    Where is all the lotto money going June?
  • by jimmy Location: tick bitr on Jan 18, 2012 at 09:11 AM
    maybe this time she will not have to worry about someone naming a friend as CEO of N.C.schools
  • by Voter on Jan 18, 2012 at 08:18 AM
    If anyone seeks re-election, VOTE THEM OUT!!!

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